Master of Education with Specialization in Bilingual Education

Program Overview

Houston Baptist University offers a 36 semester-hour MEd program for already certified teachers students who wish to improve their skills and pursue a master’s degree. This program leads to an MEd in Bilingual Education. It strengthens the knowledge and skills of currently-certified bilingual teachers. It also enables students to add bilingual education certification to valid Texas teacher certificates.

All prospective bilingual teachers must be fluent in both Spanish and English before beginning their bilingual teacher training component. To become an ESL teacher, one needs fluency only in English.

Advantages and Opportunities

In the Houston area, Bilingual teachers are highly recruited. In addition, most schools in this area require ESL certification for all of their elementary teachers. Throughout this program, students develop knowledge and skills through working with children and teachers in elementary school settings with a variety of backgrounds. Because the College of Education maintains close ties with area schools and school districts, students benefit from the practical experiences and the professional opportunities available. Most graduates of this program are employed in Houston-area schools.

Course Syllabi

EDUC 6304 Children, Adolescents, and Learning 3
EDUC 6315 American Educational Reform 3
EDUC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures 3
EDUC 5306 Educational Applications of Technology 3
EDBI 5304 Methods of Teaching ESL 3
EDBI 5305 Second Language Acquisition 3
EDBI 5315 Integrating ESL in the Content Areas 3
EDBI 5335 Spanish Writing Workshop 3
EDBI 5343 or 5344 Hispanic Cultural Perspectives 3
EDBI 5350 Developing Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom 3
EDBI 6305 Foundations of Bilingual Education 3
EDBI 6307 Teaching Math, Sciences and Social Studies in the Bilingual Classroom 3
Total 36


Requirements

To gain admission to the Bilingual Education program, the prospective student must achieve the prerequisite scores on proficiency tests in English and in Spanish. On the MLA Cooperative Language Proficiency Test in Spanish (Level M), the prospective student must achieve a minimum overall score at the eightieth (80th) percentile. In addition, each student must achieve a minimum score at the eightieth (80th) percentile in each of the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), or must take the appropriate course or courses to remove language deficiency in each area where the score is less than the minimum standard.

Students who earn the ESL post-baccalaureate supplemental certification may apply their ESL graduate courses to the 36-hour master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.